Loyal followers of my blog will know that yours truly has been shortlisted for the UK Blog Awards 2015 in the category Arts & Culture (and less loyal followers know now :-)). On Friday 17 April the winners will be announced during the festive awards night at the prestigious 5-star hotel Montcalm in London. I’ve been having sleepless nights for weeks now, partially due to nerves, but most of all caused by the key question I no doubt share with the other candidates: what to wear to such a prominent event?!?
When Lifestyle Category Sponsor Debenhams announced their fashion competition to create a moodboard inspired by Alice in Wonderland, the theme of the awards night, I came up with the following outfit. Lo and behold my Queen of Hearts fashion moodboard! It includes items carefully selected from the Debenhams website. I’m not into pastel colours like Alice is, but absolutely adore the Queen’s red and black outfit so this theme perfectly fits my style and taste (so do the cupcakes actually!). If you’re interested in the items, you can click on the links underneath the photo for further details. Click on the photo to open the collage in full size.
1. Dress: Phase Eight – Ruby paige tapework full length dress
2. Ring: Jon Richard – Kate style red cubic zirconia ring
3. Eau de Toilette: Cacharel – Amor Amor Forbidden Kiss
4. Hair comb: Jon Richard – Online exclusive crystal hair comb with Swarovski elements
5. Lingerie: Floozie by Frost French – Pink heart frill hipster briefs & Pink heart frill balcony bra
6. Lipstick: Lancôme – L’absolu Rouge
7. Nail polish: M.A.C. – Studio Nail Lacquer
8. Clutch bag: Début – Black patent bow clutch bag
9. Shoes: Carvela – Black ‘Gemini’ high heeled courts
The red dress reflects the Queen’s fiery temperament while its full length accentuates her regal stature, especially when combined with those studded killer heels. I believe that underneath all that violence and aggression, the Queen is actually a hopeless romantic who secretly wears lingerie with frills and little love hearts. Her black clutch bag is a combination of her strong and confident yet playful character. My Queen wears tasteful jewellery: the red zirconia ring* is a classy detail that matches her dress and the tiara-style hair comb with Swarovski elements is a more contemporary version of her old crown. The sensual eau de toilette and classic red lips and nails are the irresistible finishing touch of this Royal outfit. We heart this Queen!
I hope you like the moodboard, but most of all that UK Blog Awards sponsor Debenhams like it as their prize consists of two tickets for the awards ceremony and a £300 voucher to spend in their shop! As this is the first time I ever entered a blog competition and actually got nominated, I wouldn’t want to miss this event in the (Wonder)world! So please keep those fingers crossed for me! (Or else it’s ‘Off with your heads!’. Sorry, that’s the Queen of Hearts talking, I’m getting too much into character now…)
*It seems that this item proved to be a good choice indeed as shortly after the Queen got her outfit ready, it sold out! But this sterling silver ring with oval ruby and shiny hearts by Love Story makes a perfect alternative!
For those tech-nerds with some basic Photoshop skills amongst us, here is the short ‘making of’ recap.
All numbered fashion items in the collage are taken from the Debenhams website. The photo of the Mad Hatter and White Rabbit is actually a collage of two photos I took (more about this in a moment). The other photos are random files I found online that fitted the theme. With the exception of the dress, I cut out all photos from their background in Photoshop CS5. It took me two days to make this collage as I had to hone my Photoshop skills first of all, but it’s actually not that difficult to do. My only tools were the Quick Selection Tool and Eraser Tool to make the cut-outs and the Point Sample and Brush Tool for the final touching up. I used this text & photo-based tutorial and this video tutorial as a reference. I added the texts with the Horizontal Type Tool.
Here’s the original photo of the Mad Hatter and White Rabbit that I took in Wonderland, eh… I mean on Camden High Street (London). I carefully cut out the figures and table in Photoshop.
I figured that a forest would make a more fitting background than the high street so I used this photo that I took in the forest in Gothenborg (Sweden) instead. I didn’t do any post-editing on this pic but used the miniature effect on my camera when I took it. This setting doesn’t only play with depth, but also enriches the colours. You can see a few more of such photos in my Flickr Gothenborg photo album.
Et voilà, here you have the Mad Hatter and White Rabbit in the lush green forest!